Welcome to the Venturing Officers’ Association of the Northeastern Pennsylvania! This webpage will provide you with all of the information regarding the functions of the Venturing Officer’s Association, Venturing Event details, Contact Information, and much more. You can follow the respective links below to find what it is you are looking for.
In addition to the following information, the most fundamental question we often receive is “What is Venturing?” To answer that question in official terms, Venturing is a division of the Boy Scouts of America for young adults, both men and women, ages 14- 21. The purpose of the Venturing program is to provide positive experiences to help youth mature and to prepare them to become responsible adults. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless.
The real definition of Venturing, as the youth who are part of the program see it, is up to interpretation. Venturing Crews, which are the Venturing equivalent of Boy Scout Troops, may choose to specialize in any area they choose - whether it be a medical specialization, or an outdoor specialization, a climbing specialization, or even a medieval battle reenactment specialization. Those crews will then design a program that fits their specialization and is suitable for them. Many crews choose to not specialize at all, and do whatever new and exciting things they feel like doing.
Venturing, like Boy Scouting, also has a recognition/ advancement system and opportunities for leadership training – both of which are ultimately optional. A Venturer does whatever it is he or she wants to do; therefore, it is, in simplest terms, a youth- run program.
For more information about starting a Venturing Crew or joining an existing one, you can follow the “Venturing Units” link below, or get in touch with us by following the “Contact Us” link, also found below. Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon!